The best way to prevent getting a dental cavity is through a rigorous dental maintenance regimen that includes regular brushing, flossing and rinsing and visiting your Ottawa dentist for cleanings and check ups. However, even the most avid and attentive toothbrusher can be susceptible to cavities as there are areas that can be very difficult to clean (and keep clean).
Prevention is always better than a cure, which is why this new product may actually be able to revolutionize the dental industry and how individuals take care of their teeth. “A U.S. Patent has been recently awarded for the Ortek ECD™ (ECD) dental device, a system for detecting early or pre-cavity lesions that cannot be readily detected by visual examination or x-ray. Human and laboratory clinical studies have demonstrated that the ECD device can detect the earliest stages of tooth demineralization or pre-cavity lesions with 100% accuracy. The ECD device is designed to detect pre-cavity lesions in molars and premolars, the back teeth with the highest rates of decay. The biting surfaces of these teeth have deep grooves that often retain acid-producing bacteria. Over time, acid attacks can lead to tooth mineral loss, which initiates the development of cavities. The ECD device features a handpiece with a probe tip and can precisely measure the amount of dentinal fluid seepage. The more fluid it detects, the greater the extent of the pre-cavity lesion. This data enables the dental practitioner to determine the severity of any lesions and design an appropriate treatment plan that could include minimally invasive care.”
Technology is the future and it’s great to see a device such as this actually being able to become a reality and make the mouths of people healthier for longer.